Fans of "Chad Vader" - and foes of it - have written thousands of e-mails to Aaron Yonda and Matt Sloan, and they have written thousands of comments on the sites that host the videos.
"Chad Vader is an inspiration for us all," wrote someone going by darkgreenchaos in a YouTube comment about "Chad Vader: Episode V." "Lolz, great job," wrote SasukeUchiha143. But there was no pleasing FrontalAssault: "Fuck Me....I waited 2 whole shitfucked months for this shit?? Seriously each episode is getting more boring."
There are so many comments that Sloan and Yonda have made them the subject of short films like "Chad Vader 6 Update," in which they report on the status of future releases and read viewers' remarks. ("What if Obi-Wan was a customer? What if Boba Fett delivered milk? Wouldn't it be great if Han Solo fixed the freezer?") Viewers then comment on the comment videos.
"I used to read all the comments, but then I stopped checking," says Courtney Collins, series producer and Yonda's fiancée. "You get a lot of nice things, but also nasty things. Even the grammar - it makes you worry about the state of the world."
Some viewers, not content to write down their reactions, have recorded videos in which they respond to "Chad Vader." In one, a young woman in a gray sweatshirt stares into the camera as she praises "Chad Vader" and, smirking, notes that she once worked in a grocery store. "It was pretty much the exact same, minus the Darth Vader outfit," she says.
In another fan film, a man in a trucker cap films himself as he watches "Chad Vader: Episode V" for the first time. "He's in a bar," the man tells viewers as the episode begins.